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Norman Morrice (1931-2008)

Biography: Dancer with Ballet Rambert 1952-1964; Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Rambert 1966-1970; Artistic Director of Ballet Rambert 1970-1974.
 
Norman Morrice trained at the Rambert School and joined Ballet Rambert as a dancer in 1953, after performing with the company as a student during its previous season. He choreographed his first work ‘Two Brothers’ in 1958, drawing inspiration from the film ‘East of Eden’. In 1961-1962 he studied modern dance techniques in New York City with Martha Graham among others.
 
Appointed Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Rambert in 1966, Morrice oversaw its restructuring from a mid-scale ballet company which performed the classics to a small-scale group of soloists who embraced modern dance techniques. He was Artistic Director of Ballet Rambert 1970-1974. He choreographed 18 works for the company.
 
During his career, Morrice completed international commissions for Batsheva Dance Company, Tanz Forum Cologne, Australian Dance Theatre and Australian Ballet. He served as director of The Royal Ballet 1977-1986 and was the director of Choreographic Studies at the Royal Ballet School 1987-2000. He was awarded the Royal Academy of Dance Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award for services to dance in 1974.
Archive catalogue: DS/UK/12

Works

1 - 2 - 3
Norman Morrice, 1968
Blind-Sight
Norman Morrice, 1969
Conflicts
Norman Morrice, 1962
Cul de Sac
Norman Morrice, 1964
The Empty Suit
Norman Morrice, 1970
Hazaña
Norman Morrice, 1959
Hazard
Norman Morrice, 1967
Isolde
Norman Morrice, 1973
Ladies Ladies!
Norman Morrice, 1972
Pastorale Variée
Norman Morrice, 1969
A Place in the Desert
Norman Morrice, 1961
The Realms of Choice
Norman Morrice, 1965
The sea whisper'd me
Norman Morrice, 1976
Smiling Immortal
Norman Morrice, 1977
Solo
Norman Morrice, 1971
Spindrift
Norman Morrice, 1974
That is the Show
Norman Morrice, 1971
Them and Us
Norman Morrice, 1968
The Travellers
Norman Morrice, 1963
Two Brothers
Norman Morrice, 1958
The Wise Monkeys
Norman Morrice, 1960

Performances

Date ↿⇂ Dance Work ↿⇂ Role ↿⇂ Venue ↿⇂
21 Apr 1954
Evening
The Bartered Bride (dances in the opera)* Dancer Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, England
24 Apr 1954
Evening
The Bartered Bride (dances in the opera) Dancer Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, England
17 May 1954
Evening
Façade (The Original Version) Scotch Rhapsody Oxford Playhouse
17 May 1954
Evening
Winter Night Dancer Oxford Playhouse
20 May 1954
Evening
The Life and Death of Lola Montez (1816-1861)* Dancer Oxford Playhouse
20 May 1954
Evening
Swan Lake Act II Huntsman Oxford Playhouse
21 Jun 1954
Evening
Winter Night Dancer Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
21 Jun 1954
Evening
Variations on a Theme* Chorus Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
20 Oct 1954
Evening
Ballet of the Game of Cards (Scene 6 of the play ‘Joan of Arc at the Stake’)* Death Stoll Theatre, London
20 Oct 1954
Evening
Giselle Act I Courtier Stoll Theatre, London
28 Jun 1955
Evening
Persephone* Shade Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
28 Jun 1955
Evening
Past Recalled Her Friend Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
30 Jun 1955
Evening
The Lilac Garden Guest Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
30 Jun 1955
Evening
The Life and Death of Lola Montez (1818-1861) Dancer Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
4 Jul 1955
Evening
Laiderette* Guest Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
4 Jul 1955
Evening
Giselle Huntsman Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
7 May 1956
Evening
Coppélia (Act III)* Pas-de-Six Arts Theatre Cambridge
7 May 1956
Evening
Winter Night Dancer Arts Theatre Cambridge
7 May 1956
Evening
Swan Lake (Act II) Huntsman Arts Theatre Cambridge
10 Jul 1956
Evening
Façade Scotch Rhapsody Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
10 Jul 1956
Evening
Winter Night Dancer Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
24 Sep 1956
Evening
Swan Lake (Act II) Huntsman King's Theatre, Southsea, Portsmouth
24 Sep 1956
Evening
The Mirror* Guest King's Theatre, Southsea, Portsmouth
24 Sep 1956
Evening
Coppélia (Act III) Pas de Six King's Theatre, Southsea, Portsmouth
17 Jan 1957
Evening
Coppélia* Coppélius, a toymaker Theatre Royal, York
22 Jul 1957
Evening
Conte Fantastique* Courtier Theatre Royal, Exeter
22 Jul 1957
Evening
Variations on a Theme Perpetual Movement Theatre Royal, Exeter
22 Jul 1957
Evening
The Gala Performance Cavalier Theatre Royal, Exeter
22 Jul 1957
Evening
Plaisance Dancer Theatre Royal, Exeter
12 May 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Paris, France
13 May 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Paris, France
15 May 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Paris, France
16 May 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Paris, France
27 May 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
29 May 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
30 May 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera)* Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
31 May 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
1 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
4 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
5 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
6 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
7 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
8 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
10 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
12 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
13 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera)* Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
14 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
15 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
17 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
18 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
19 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
20 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Falstaff (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
21 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Alceste (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
22 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
25 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
27 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
29 Jun 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
5 Jul 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
9 Jul 1958
Time unknown
Le nozze di Figaro (dances in the opera) Dancer Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
14 Aug 1958
Evening
Two Brothers* His Brother Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
25 May 1959
Evening
Giselle Hilarion, a Gamekeeper Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
25 May 1959
Evening
Hazaña* The Local Priest Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
25 May 1959
Evening
Giselle Hilarion Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
1 Jun 1959
Evening
Laiderette Guest Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
1 Jun 1959
Evening
Czernyana Visions Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
1 Jun 1959
Evening
Hazaña The Local Priest Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
16 Jun 1960
Evening
The Lilac Garden The Man she must marry Essoldo Theatre, Brighton
16 Jun 1960
Evening
The Wise Monkeys* Her Husband Essoldo Theatre, Brighton
20 Jul 1960
Evening
The Sylph* Her Attendant Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
20 Jul 1960
Evening
The Sylph* Villager Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
20 Jul 1960
Evening
Two Brothers His Brother Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
20 Jul 1960
Evening
The Sylph* One of Two Villagers Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
18 Jul 1961
Evening
Night Shadow* The Poet Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
25 Jul 1961
Evening
A Place in the Desert* A Company Agent Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
28 Jun 1962
Evening
Don Quixote* Duke of Barcelona Empire Theatre, Liverpool
28 Jun 1962
Evening
Don Quixote* Impresario Empire Theatre, Liverpool
29 Jun 1962
Evening
Don Quixote Duke of Barcelona Empire Theatre, Liverpool
29 Jun 1962
Evening
Don Quixote Impresario Empire Theatre, Liverpool
30 Jun 1962
Matinee
Don Quixote Duke of Barcelona Empire Theatre, Liverpool
30 Jun 1962
Evening
Don Quixote Impresario Empire Theatre, Liverpool
30 Jun 1962
Matinee
Don Quixote Impresario Empire Theatre, Liverpool
30 Jun 1962
Evening
Don Quixote Duke of Barcelona Empire Theatre, Liverpool
23 Jul 1962
Evening
Façade (The Original Version) Yodelling Song Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
23 Jul 1962
Evening
Façade (The Original Version) Popular Song Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
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